Ex-Federer's coach opens up on Nadal's farewell at the Laver Cup

Ivan Ljubicic spoke about the Spanish champion in a recent interview, focusing on the possibility of a withdrawal from the Laver Cup, which this year will be played in Berlin

by Lorenzo Ciotti
Ex-Federer's coach opens up on Nadal's farewell at the Laver Cup
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Like a closing circle, the end of a fairy tale could take place in a familiar and already experienced place.

In an interview with the Italian newspaper La Stampa, Ivan Ljubicic, Roger Federer's ex, talked about the situation of the legendary Spanish tennis champion Rafael Nadal.

The Croatian former player also analyzed the scenario of Rafa's possible retirement who, just like Federer, could decide to greet the fans at the Laver Cup.

"We have seen over the last 20 years what Rafa is really like. We all know his champion mentality and I think that, as happened to Federer at Wimbledon, he will only take to the court if he believes he can go all the way. He will not go there to test his physical condition and if he does not consider her suitable. Rafa knows very well what he needs, we'll see if he can find the right sensations in the next few weeks," he explained.

Rafael Nadal
Rafael Nadal© Clive Brunskill / Staff Getty Images Sport

Nadal has already confirmed his participation in the Laver Cup, an event that will be held in Berlin this year and which for some could mean the date of his farewell to tennis.

In this regard, Ljubicic clarified: "Yes, it's possible but it's not certain. It's positive that he committed himself to playing Laver and we know that he won't play for another ten years. We'll see."

Rafael Nadal towards the farewell

Will Nadal be at the Roland Garros? And what will be his physical condition? These are the questions that the Spaniard's fans ask themselves and that, obviously, we the media ask ourselves.

Rafa is currently not able to compete for titles and is really far from his best form but his goal is to end his glorious career this season without physical problems and finish the way he wants: playing at his best the last matches.

Rafael Nadal, Madrid 2024
Rafael Nadal, Madrid 2024© Clive Brunskill / Staff - Getty Images Sport

In Madrid he offered a more than dignified performance. Nadal exited in the 4th round after an overall very good performance. The Caja Magica gave him a fitting ovation.

Now Rafa will take the field in Rome and then decide what to do at Roland Garros where - barring sensational twists - he should still take to the court one last time.

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